Are you one of the brightest minds in Ireland?

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The ESB is on the hunt for 150 of the best and brightest minds in Ireland. So if you think you’re one of them, you might want to listen up.

The ESB is hosting Ireland’s first ever energy hackathon, The Big Energy Hack – bringing great minds together for over 48 hours in an effort disrupt, invent and innovate, with the aim of developing solutions for a low carbon future. The Big Energy Hack will take place from 21st-23rd October 2016, in Dogpatch Labs, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1.

From this hunt, the ESB want hackers from a diverse range of fields including IT, innovation, marketing, design, finance and entrepreneurship, to help unearth smart ideas that could help lower carbon emissions and combat climate change – through  smarter energy efficiency in the home, enhancing the ecar experience and optimising the electricity network.

Participants of The Big Energy Hack will be tasked with three energy focused challenges, with cash prizes of €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 up for grabs for the most innovative ideas. Hackers with the top ground-breaking creations and concepts will also have the opportunity to bring their ideas to the next level at ESB’s innovation hub, X_Site.

The Big Energy Hack challenges will explore new ways of powering homes, transport and the electricity network. The challenges are:

Challenge #1: How can ESB empower customers to be more energy efficient in their homes?

Challenge #2: How can ESB enhance the ecar driving experience?

Challenge #3: How can ESB improve the reliability and quality of the electricity supply?

The Big Energy Hack is in partnership with DCU Alpha and Dogpatch Labs. Spaces are limited so to register if you’re interested, log onto